Cold case murder suspect pleads guilty

Posted at 4:45 PM, Jan 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-10 11:53:28-05

Shawn Greer

Norfolk, Va. – A man has pleaded guilty in the 2003 cold case murder of a 21-year-old woman found in the trunk of a burning car in Chesapeake.

Shawn Greer pleaded guilty to one count of second degree murder and one count of the use of a firearm in commission with a felony.

On September 18th, 2003, Chesapeake Fire Department crews responded to a vehicle fire at the intersection of Jarvis and Shell Road. After the fire was extinguished, the body of 21-year-old Maria C. Christopher was found in the truck, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

In 2004, through investigations with both Chesapeake and Norfolk Police, it was determined that Christopher had died in Norfolk. No one was charged with the murder.

In July 2014, the case was reopened by the Norfolk Cold Case Unit. After interviewing witnesses, identifying new witnesses, and reexamining case details, there was sufficient amount of evidence to charge Greer with the death.

Greer was indicted in Norfolk and arrested two days later in Lincolnton, North Carolina by the US Marshals Violent Offenders Task Force Fugitive Apprehension Team.

Greer remains in Norfolk City Jail. His sentencing will be on Feburary 5, 2016.